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Hospice celebrates 25th birthday

Ken Graham, President of the Irish Steam Preservation Society, Stradbally, presenting a cheque for �1,500 to Seamus O'Donoghue ( Chairman , Laois Hospice Foundation).  Photo: Michael Scully.

Ken Graham, President of the Irish Steam Preservation Society, Stradbally, presenting a cheque for �1,500 to Seamus O'Donoghue ( Chairman , Laois Hospice Foundation). Photo: Michael Scully.

Laois Hospice will be celebrating 25 years in existence this year, and to mark this significant birthday, they will be hosting a garden party in Emo Court on Sunday August 31.

Beginning at 5pm, the event will recognise all the volunteers who work with Laois Hospice, as well as the people from all over the county who generously donate every year. Chairman of Laois Hospice, Seamus O’ Donoghue will say a few words on the day to mark the occasion. Other speakers will include the Laois Hospice medical director Peter Naughton, and palliative care consultant Mr Cushin.

There will also be an ecumenical blessing on the day. Afterwards, refreshments will be served, and people will be able to take a guided tour of the house in Emo Court. The group will also be taking a walk around the lake, guided by Laois Vintage and the walkers in Clonaslee who generously donate to the Hospice.

People and families who have been involved with Hospice, and committee members past and present are all welcome to the event, as well as anyone else who would like to come along.

Laois Hospice was the first homecare service to be set up outside of Dublin when it was founded 25 years ago. Chairman Seamus O’ Donoghue told the Leinster Express that the Hospice has contributed to hospitals in Mountmellick, Abbeyleix, Portlaoise and Shaen, as well as the homecare provided.

“Our emphasis is on the home, and we want to give patients dignity and care in their final days. All aspects are totally voluntary. We work with families all over the county. We want people to know that we’re here and we’re grateful for their donations. Without the people of Laois there would be nothing, Laois Hospice wouldn’t exist.”

 

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